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Posts From The Road: Chris LeDoux Memorial Park

on July 21, 2019 - 9:44am

Chris LeDoux was passionate about rodeoing and music and became a champion in both fields. LeDoux earned accolades in rodeoing beginning in high school and won the world bareback championship in 1976. LeDoux’s music love allowed him to write and sing about the cowboy lifestyle. With the help of his parents, he created an independent record label and sold four million recordings. LeDoux was mentioned in a hit recording by Garth Brooks, which brought him national attention and recognition and a recording contract with Capitol Records.

Little Forest Playschool Students Gather At Bus Stop

on July 20, 2019 - 9:48am
A group of students and adults from Little Forest Playschool waits Thursday morning at a bus stop on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Ken Hanson

Diamond Pavement Rehabilitation Project Starts July 22

on July 18, 2019 - 10:47am


Crews with Star Paving Company are scheduled to begin work Monday, July 22 on Diamond Drive from Omega Bridge to San Ildefonso Road.

Work involves milling or removing 2 inches of the existing asphalt surface and inlaying a new pavement.

The project area is divided into two segments:

The first is between Omega Bridge to Sandia Drive/Orange Street. This work is scheduled to be substantially complete by Aug. 14 prior to the start of the school year. If time allows, crews may elect to mill and repave the roundabout at San Ildefonso before Aug.

East Jemez Road Lane Closures Resume

on July 18, 2019 - 9:51am
NNSA News:
East Jemez Road lane closures near the entrance to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will resume Friday, July 19, and continue through Saturday night.
Drivers will be unable to get to Los Alamos via the truck route and should use the N.M. 502/Main Hill Road instead.
Full lane closures will start at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through Saturday night, July 20, weather permitting.
The water line replacement is part of a $34.5 million Supplemental Environmental Projects settlement agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and the U.S.

Single Vehicle Fatal Crash On I-25 In Santa Fe County

on July 15, 2019 - 6:08pm

NMSP News:

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico State Police investigated a fatal crash Sunday on Interstate 25 at about mile post 277 in Santa Fe County.  

The initial investigation indicates a 2007 Corvette was traveling south on Cerrillos Road at a high rate of speed. The driver took the south bound ramp onto Interstate 25 and for reasons unknown, the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled. 

The driver, Hector Hugo Madrid Gutierrez, 22, of Rio Rancho was ejected and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Gutierrez was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Countries U.S. Government Doesn’t Want You Visiting

on July 15, 2019 - 6:51am


By All Time Lists:

For safety concerns, the U.S. government has issued travel advisories on several countries. Here are 10 of them:

10. Libya

According to an article published by MSN, the U.S. State Department has a standing “do not travel” advisory on Libya. The country has been unstable since its dictator was toppled in 2011. The government is unable to control crime, for the most part, and extremist groups are known to target foreign travelers, particularly those from the U.S.

But, for those of you old enough to remember, you know that Libya’s issues go back further than

Posts From The Road: Tent Rocks Near Cochiti Pueblo

on July 14, 2019 - 7:31am

Cone-shaped rock formations at Kasha-Katuwe National Monument near Cochiti Pueblo south of Santa Fe. Photo by Gary Warren/

A view from the trail in the slot canyon looking directly up through the rock formations as the sun hides behind the canyon walls. Photo by Gary Warren/
Formerly of Los Alamos

Having lived in Los Alamos for 30 years, I had heard about the tent rocks near Cochiti Pueblo but had never been to see the rock formations.

2019 Los Alamos ScienceFest Discovery Day Activities Schedule, Trolley And Parking Map

on July 12, 2019 - 6:29pm

ScienceFest Trolley and Parking Map. Courtesy/LACD

ScienceFest  News:

The community is welcome to attend ScienceFest fun, all weekend long, as Discovery Day kicks off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

You may have seen some fun promotional tickets, but organizers want to make sure everyone knows that the large event in Los Alamos downtown area is free, no ticket needed! A small number of activities require fees or pre-registration to participate. You can see the entire list at

This weekend includes a variety of food vendors, inflatables, photo booths,

Cone Zone: Week Of July 15, 2019

on July 12, 2019 - 4:37pm


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects: 

Mesa Public Library West Parking Lot Closure:

The Mesa Public Library West Parking Lot will be closed July 15-17, while County crews repave the lot. Work hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Manhole Repairs - Ponderosa Estates in Los Alamos: 

Crews continue adjusting manholes in Ponderosa Estates along Aspen Drive, Sumac Lane and Maple Drive. Work is scheduled to continue through the end of July.

SFCSO Releases Names In Main Hill Road Crash

on July 8, 2019 - 3:18pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office notified next of kin and has now released the names of the people involved in a car and commercial tractor trailer accident Saturday afternoon near Anderson Overlook on the Main Hill Road.

Public Information Officer Juan Ríos identified Colleen O'Bannon, 29, of Dallas, Texas, as the driver of a silver Honda who succumbed to her injuries. Her passenger is identified as Emma Garelick, 28, of Denton, Texas who sustained minor injuries.

"The driver of the commercial tractor trailer is Robert

New Mexico Airports Receive Second Round Of Funding For Improvement Projects

on July 7, 2019 - 9:00am
SANTA FE The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $3.18 billion in airport infrastructure grants across the United States in 2019.
After the second round of announcements made late last month, the New Mexico Aviation Division would like to recognize 19 additional state communities that will receive more than $12 million in grant installments from the FAA for airport improvement projects statewide.
This means funding for 35 projects will now total more than $19 million.

Posts From The Road: Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument Near Questa

on July 7, 2019 - 7:53am
Confluence: The confluence of the Red River on the left as it spills into the Rio Grande as seen from La Juanta Overlook. The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Upper Gorge area is west of Questa just a short drive from Los Alamos. Photo by Gary Warren/
Chawalauna Overlook: A long stretch of the Rio Grande can be seen from the Chawalauna Overlook at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Photo by Gary Warren/
Sheep Crossing Overlook: The Sheep Crossing Overlook affords a beautiful view of the Rio Grande Gorge in Rio Grande Grande del Norte National

Traffic Alert: N.M. 502 Closed At Main Hill Due To Wreck

on July 6, 2019 - 2:39pm

LAPD News:

N.M. 502 at the Main Hill is closed due to a traffic accident.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputies are on scene investigating.

LAPD will send out further updates as they receive them.

NMSP Participate In July 4th C.A.R.E. Operation

on July 5, 2019 - 4:50pm

NMSP News:

During the Independence Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday, and, thus, reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety.

State Police provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts.

NCRTD Provides Special Event Bus Services To Santa Fe Wine Festival At El Rancho De Las Golondrinas July 6-7

on July 5, 2019 - 12:43pm


The North Central Regional Transit District’s (NCRTD) RTD “Blue Bus” will provide special event bus transit services July 6-7 for the Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

The fare free service will include a downtown shuttle providing nine roundtrips per day beginning at 11:10 a.m.

Cone Zone: Week Of July 8, 2019

on July 5, 2019 - 11:41am


The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Manhole Repairs - Ponderosa Estates in Los Alamos:

Crews continue adjusting manholes in Ponderosa Estates along Aspen Drive, Sumac Lane and Maple Drive. Work is scheduled to continue through the end of July. The concrete being used is a high strength mix and requires a cure time; therefore, residents are urged to avoid driving over these manholes for the first few days after they are poured.

Buses Shuttle Spectators To Fireworks Extravaganza

on July 4, 2019 - 7:44pm

Atomic City Transit drivers in the Sullivan Field parking lot prepare to take spectators down to the annual Kiwanis Club Fireworks Extravaganza set to get underway as the sun goes down this evening at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Carloads of people are parking in the Sullivan Field parking lot and boarding Atomic City Transit buses for the ride down to the Kiwanis Club Fireworks Extravaganza at Overlook Park in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

No parking allowed on N.M.

Be Safe During July 4 Weekend: ‘Take A Ride On Us’

on July 4, 2019 - 11:21am
ALBUQUERQUE The Fourth of July “Take a Ride on Us” program begins at runs until 3 a.m. Sunday, July, 7.
Twelve-hundred rides will be offered under the Uber app, using the code: ABQUSA19. Tips are not included and refunds are not provided for trips under $10.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation Bernalillo County, The City of Albuquerque, Cumulus radio stations and Uber have partnered to support “Take a Ride on Us.”
The collaborative goal is to ENDWI by offering an Uber credit of up to $10 for up to two trips in the Bernalillo County metro area over

Griggs: Dateline Olomouc In The Czech Republic

on July 4, 2019 - 8:41am
A streetcar on Pekarska Street in Olomouc in the eastern province of Moravia in the Czech Republic. Photo by David Griggs/
A thought provoking fountain in Olomouc. Photo by David Griggs/
Foreign Correspondent
Los Alamos Daily Post
I was originally scheduled to stay at The Poets’ Corner Hostel for seven nights in Olomouc, and I enjoyed it so much that I stayed four more.
I had been in Prague and was feeling overwhelmed by the number of tourists.

Over 100,000 Unsafe Airbags On New Mexico Vehicles

on July 3, 2019 - 6:57am
In New Mexico, more than 100,000 recalled Takata airbags remain on the road in vehicles representing 19 vehicle manufacturers., an organization notifying owners about this urgent airbag safety recall, is urging owners and drivers of affected vehicles to immediately schedule an appointment for a free recall repair to prevent potentially serious injuries, or even death.
Affected vehicles include those made by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz,

Logistical Changes For Farmers Market Thursday!

on July 2, 2019 - 10:37am

Fatima Quezada mans the booth for her mother Estella Alcantar last month at the Farmers Market. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Because of scheduled Independence Day events proceeding on Central Avenue the morning of Thursday, July 4, those attending the Farmer’s Market at the Mesa Public Library overflow lot are asked to use Rose Street or Canyon Road and park at the Betty Ehart Senior Center on Bathtub Row.

Central Avenue will be closed that morning between Oppenheimer and 15th Street for YMCA-sponsored adult and children’s events.

Posts From The Road: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

on June 30, 2019 - 8:08am

‘Posts from the Road’ is a new feature appearing in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post. Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he is sharing scenes they encounter while on the road. Today’s submission features Poppy Fields: Colorful orange poppies blanket the hills earlier this spring at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, Calif. A wet winter and spring created abundant flowers and colorful blooms throughout the southwest this year. Photo by Gary Warren/

Poppy Hillside:

Cone Zone: Week Of July 1

on June 28, 2019 - 4:25pm


Public Works/Traffic Division projects:

Central Avenue Closure for Independence Day events:

Pedestrians and motorists are to be advised that Central Avenue from Oppenheimer to 15th will be closed the morning of July 4 for the Y adult 5K run and then the children’s firecracker parade. Farmer’s Market will be OPEN at the library overflow lot July 4; market-goers are asked to use Rose or Canyon and access Farmer’s Market from the north side.

Public Notice: Road Closure On Woodland July 4th

on June 28, 2019 - 11:25am
Courtesy photo
There will be a road closure 2-9 p.m. Thursday, July 4th at the end of Woodland Road adjacent to Club Road due to a family event and block party. 
Access to Woodland can be made by traveling up Arizona and cutting through Country Lane.
Please be advised that your route may take 1 minute longer, and there may be more children than usual running around the area.